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Daily Bucs Links: Previewing the Rams game

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Jerry Jones says Cowboys will go 'balls out' with Dez Bryant -
Dallas' owner does know his way around a phrase.

The NFL's secret disaster scenario is an injured long snapper -
We don't think about long snappers a lot, because their job seems easy and they rarely get hurt. But if they're unable to play, we realize how tough their job actually is.

2015 NFL power rankings, Week 15: Panthers still king while Seahawks, Patriots rise -
More shuffling at the top as the Bengals and Broncos lost key games.

Chart Party: The Falcons are trash -
That isn't a criticism or condemnation of the Atlanta Falcons. Someone has to be trash, and sometimes it's your turn, even if you started the season 5-0. Here is one of the worst collapses in NFL history, charted.

Khalil Mack is very good at making blockers look very bad -
The Raiders linebacker had five sacks in a Sunday upset over the Broncos. Five sacks. He's taking home some hardware for his effort.

3 Keys to Defeating the St. Louis Rams
A few points of emphasis for the Buccaneers as they prepare to play the Rams.

Watch Bucs Press Conferences from Dec. 15
Jameis Winston, Gerald McCoy, and Mike Evans were among Bucs speaking to the media today.

Mike Evans: Looking to Finish Strong
Second-year WR Mike Evans is on pace to improve upon several of his outstanding rookie numbers, but he's not yet satisfied with his production and wants to turn it up a notch down the stretch.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers get chance to bounce back quickly from loss - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Lovie Smith and the Buccaneers are happy they don't have to wait long for an opportunity to get rid of the bad taste of Sunday's loss.

Smith on Tampa Bay Buccaneers' response after loss: 'I really like it' - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Lovie Smith was happy to see some fire from his team after a loss. "If you can find somebody who wasn't upset, then we have a problem," he said.

Bucs' Jameis Winston, Rams' Todd Gurley focus on winning, not awards - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Thursday's matchup could go a long way in determining the Offensive Rookie of the Year, but both players are focused on getting a win.

Offensive Unit Game Grades: Buccaneers vs. Saints | Pewter Report
Take a look at Pewter Report's unit game grades from Sunday's loss to the Saints

Just Grillin Pewter Player Of The Week: RB Martin | Pewter Report
Tampa Bay RB Doug Martin, who rushed for 81 yards and a TD, is this week's Just Grillin Pewter Player of the Week.

Bucs Have Their Hands Full With Rams DT Donald | Pewter Report
Gerald McCoy doesn’t need to game plan for Aaron Donald, but the Bucs three-time All Pro defensive tackle likes what he sees.

Da’Quan Bowers returns to Bucs to help ailing defensive line | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — Da’Quan Bowers had already wound down from Thanksgiving and was just beginning to gear up for Christmas when he first started to wonder if maybe his football career had come to an end.

Bucs Hot Reads: Rams DT Donald draws comparison to Watt | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — In Week 3, Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter spent some nervous days preparing for the challenge of containing Texans DE J.J. Watt, the NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year.

Bucs notes: Fewer plays equals fewer touches for RB Martin | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — The Bucs ran a season-low 52 offensive plays and held the ball for a season-low 22 minutes, 46 seconds during their loss to the Saints.

McCoy patches things up with Bucs’ line coach after sideline fight | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy became engaged in a heated sideline argument with line coach Joe Cullen that was caught on tape during the Bucs loss to the Saints on Sunday.

Bucs WR Evans having erratic sophomore season | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — By his own admission, Mike Evans has dropped the ball coming off a record-setting rookie season.

More shifts at DB: Verner to corner, Jenkins to nickel | Tampa Bay Times
The Bucs may be making another shift in their defensive secondary after giving up 300-plus yards in Sunday's loss to the Saints, with nickel Alterraun Verner practicing with the cornerbacks Tuesday and backup corner Mike Jenkins now working at nickel with Keith Tandy.

Bucs McCoy, Cullen make up after sideline confrontation | Tampa Bay Times
Bucs defensive line coach Joe Cullen and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had a heated sideline confrontation during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Saints following a touchdown run by Tim Hightower near the end of the third quarter.

Cannon Fodder podcast: Listen to Episode 14 ... | Tampa Bay Times
Crazy busy week for the Bucs, but we found time to record another edition of our weekly Cannon Fodder podcast -- Rick Stroud and I talking about the Bucs' disappointing loss to the Saints and the quick turnaround to Thursday's game at the Rams.

Two more on Bucs defense battling injuries | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — The Bucs will likely face sensational Rams rookie RB Todd Gurley on Thursday night without two more of their top players in the middle of the defense.

Bucs have work cut out in stopping Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Weeks before the Bucs play an opponent, an advance scout looks ahead to analyze and anticipate the biggest challenges awaiting Tampa Bay's players and coaches.

Sam Koch has changed the punting game -- and almost no one noticed - NFL Nation- ESPN
Punter Sam Koch has roughly 10 distinctly different kicks in what the Baltimore Ravens refer to as his "golf bag."